24-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provid...
Dont'a Hightower Contract Information:
Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.
Hightower (knee) was on the field for all 87 defensive snaps in Thursday's win over the Jets, ESPN.com reports.
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Dont'a Hightower: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hightower was able to practice in a limited capacity all of last week but still ended up missing his second straight game due to the knee injury. His status for Thursday's matchup against the Jets is uncertain, but the Patriots figure to push to get him back as soon as possible with Jerod Mayo (knee) done for the year.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.
The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.